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Lord Demon

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,270 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Roger Zelazny (1937-1995) was a wizard of the pen: he won six Hugos and three Nebulas and is revered by science fiction and fantasy readers. Lord Demon is his last novel, the second of two projects unfinished at his death. Jane Lindskold, his partner and a fantasy author herself, completed it from some manuscript, a few notes, and conversations she'd had with him. Fans are ...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published May 16th 2001 by Denoël (first published August 1999)
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In a word: depressing.

This book was started by Roger Zelazny and finished by Jane Lindskold after his death. I've given the book 3 stars, but it started out as a solid 5. The premise was great. The character of Kai Wren, Lord Demon, was great.

Then Zelazny had to go and die, and Lindskold took over.

The worst part of it all is that I'm fairly certain I can pinpoint the exact moment at which Zelazny stopped writing and Lindskold started. (I'll mention it in a "spoiler" section below -- I don't want
Apr 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Lord Démon est un roman de Roger Zelazny publié à titre posthume et finalisé par sa femme Jane Lindskold, ce qui explique que celle-ci soit créditée comme auteur. Zelazny est bien sûr connu pour saga des Princes d’Ambre mais aussi pour une multitude d’autres romans dont certains lui valurent le prestigieux prix Hugo. On retrouve dans Lord Démon ce qui a définit le style de l’auteur, à savoir l’intrusion de la mythologie dans un univers contemporain.
Lord Démon est l’histoire de Kai Wren, souffleu
William Mansky
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
One of Zelazny's trademarks is the ability to write about his superhuman characters and fantastic worlds so matter-of-factly that we can believe in their existence, no matter how distant they might seem (in the hands of a lesser author) from ordinary life. When this is done well, as it is in most of Amber, Lord of Light, and especially in his short stories, we never notice the tension between the wild imagination of the scenario and the realism of the writing. In Lord Demon, this tension is appa ...more
Oct 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to El by: Clovis and his brother
At risk of making some persons exceptionally angry, I can say that what makes me interested in Roger Zelazny is just about everything that is not his well-known Amber series. Lord Demon has some similarities to the Amber books but draws on the same information in a more complete manner. Kai Wren, the Lord Demon, is a more fully developed character throughout the book - some may argue co-writer Jane Lindsgold played a part in that. In any case, Zelazny's inspirations (East Asian myths, etc.) are ...more
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
There are three writers whose books occupy a special place on my shelves, whose books I tend to collect and keep, and whose books I re-read over and over. Those three are J.R.R. Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, and...Roger Zelazny. Lord Demon was one of the novels Zelazny was writing at the time of his unfortunate death and later finished by his friend and protege Jane Lindskold. Lindskold does an amazing job of keeping the feeling of the novel going, for the most part, but the farther one reads in it, the ...more
Rhonda Browning White
Apr 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
The main character Kai Wren is a glassblower who creates entire worlds inside the bottles he makes; worlds in which many of his demon-friends live, each inside their own bottle.

Lord Demon appeals to me because of its contemporary nature and adult-like subject matter. The personal interactions and learning experiences of Zelazny’s characters are much like those of human beings, instead of what we’d expect from a typically-crafted, supernatural demon. In this way, he creates characters to which we
Jul 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
I have recently reread this book, and I found it better than I remembered. Which is not to say it is good, just that it is not too bad. The story is vintage Zelazny, a powerful immortal that gets caught in a bad situation. This time the setting is (very loosely) based in ancient China, but it does not really matter.

Like most books finished post-mortem, there are some sparks of the author, but spread among old ideas, simple plots and in this case the feeling that the book does not know whether to
Oct 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to M— by: Avani
Shelves: reviewed
I really enjoyed reading this and I really wished Zelazny had survived to see it through publication. I think it would have been better if he'd lived long enough to properly finish it. As it stands, Lord Demon is imaginative and epic and full of fascinating characters and cultures, and just choppy enough and full of uneven loose ends to keep me from falling in love with it utterly. It's highly worth reading and I'll look forward to reading it again, but if anything it's strongest in that it make ...more
Mar 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kai Wren is a glass blower, bottle maker, master swordsman, and demon. Not just any demon, but Lord Demon the Godslayer. His bottles enfold universes, large and small. But a thousand years of peaceful living have just been shattered: his servant, and friend, Oliver O'Keefe, has been murdered. Wren's search for revenge, and perhaps justice, takes him down a path that leads to further loss, friendship, betrayal, love, and perhaps the salvation of the demon race.

A nice read, one of Zelazny's last,
Keith Hull
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'm a Zelazny fanboy and before I read this book I spent a good chunk of time avoiding his books just because I felt I was getting to used to his style. Let me tell you though, once you've been away from it for a while and dive back in, it's like an elixer for the soul. This book does a lot of what I love about Zelazny books which is amazing lush descriptions, not overdone dialogue, and a story full of pure imagination where anything is possible. So many other writers seem to imprison themselves ...more
Lasairfiona Smith
Sep 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Popcorn reading with some depth and fantasy
I enjoyed this book because it was simple and fairly similar to other Zelazny work. I found out that it was finished posthumously while I was reading the book but I don't think that distracted from the story. The writing must have been edited really well or Lindskold copies his writing very, very well.

The little synopsis in the box up there sums it up pretty well. I loved having such different characters. I wish the idea of mixed blood and "weaker" powers had been addressed more but the book has
Sean Kilpatrick
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
IIRC, this and Donnerjack are the two Zelazny books published posthumously. I rescued a bunch of books from Jody, and my re-read of this one, however, was a great experience. Maybe it's time to look for Donnerjack again.

The book does a great job of scratching the Zelazny itch - alternate worlds, powerful but ignorant protaganist, great science fantasy setting... Highly recommended.
Apr 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Back when I was in my teen sci-fi phase, for some reason I never read much Zelazney. Now I'm making up for the oversight - the guy was wildly imaginative and could really turn a fine sentence. I would have given this one 4 stars if it hadn't been for the obvious and clumsy hand of his co-writer/biographer, who helped him finish this last book before he kicked it. Still, it's a fine page-turner of an adventure story with lots of fun elements from Chinese mythology. Recommended.
Yonatan Rivera
Jun 08, 2009 rated it liked it
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Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Posthumously finished by his companion Jane Lindskold, Roger Zelazny's "Lord Demon" is an excellent piece of what Zelazny did best - enjoyable, human characters written on a superhuman scale. The conception of the demons and gods and the dimensions surrounding ours meshes with the story. Written with an enjoyable understanding of the cultures and societies both real and imagined.
Feb 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Enter a world of magic and mystery, gods and demons as we are sucked into the mystical realm of Kai Wren. He is a demon of some renown; Slayer of gods, bottlemaker, avid kite flyer, and the "Lord Demon," Kai Wren is forced to survive on wit alone when factions within demon society turn against him, stripping him of his powers and forcing him to the Earthen a mortal.
Feb 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting book- very good zelazny. Creates yet another beautiful/mystic world that is very creative, and astounding to read. Like all of roger zelazny's books (besides the wild west one that I haven't read yet), this is a must read.
Anne Vale
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
It wasn't as good as the other Zelazny books. If felt a little unpolished. It worked for me because I like the Main Character and the idea, but the execution could have been better. At parts it was really good, then it lapsed into very boring.
Feb 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Zelazny was working on this book when he died, after asking Jane Lindskold to finish it for him. It's pretty seamlessly in his voice, but IMHO has a little more emotional depth than most of his books, which may perhaps be attributed to her. Any of his fans or hers should enjoy this book.
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very entertaining sf/fantasy novel about a demon who's trying to figure out who is out to get him. The answer, of course, surprises Lord Demon more than the reader, but the path to discovery is full of sorcery, suspense, and humor. Light reading to be sure but much fun.
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
this is a fun book read it many times...
Dec 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Reminds me of Catherine Webb books
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book so much that I didn't want it to end. Some parts seems out of place in the story but not so bad that it changed my view of the book.
Erika RS
Jun 18, 2014 added it
Shelves: owned, physical
Good. I had never read any Zelazy, and I really enjoyed it. The descriptions were vivid and the characters interesting although the females were at times a bit cliched.
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Simeon Jekov
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book with incredible story and plot twists, filled with wonder and laughter, as well as very likable and relatable charachters. It is Amazing !
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's a good story
Larry Wegman
Jun 03, 2016 rated it liked it
A fairly enjoyable fantasy, finished by Lindskold after Zelazny's death. The changeover isn't seamless, and hers isn't as good as his.
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Once I started, I couldn't stop reading it. Highly recommended. ^^
rated it it was ok
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Roger Zelazny made his name with a group of novellas which demonstrated just how intense an emotional charge could be generated by the stock imagery of sf; the most famous of these is A Rose for Ecclesiastes in which a poet struggles to convince dying and sterile Martians that life is worth continuing. Zelazny continued to write excellent short stories throughout his career. Most of his novels dea ...more
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